Who is Margareth?
Margareth Hagen (1965) is a professor of Italian Literature and has broad and long experience at the University of Bergen in policy and management. For the past eight years, she has held key leadership positions at UiB. Margareth Hagen took over as rector at the University of Bergen on 7 January 2021. She was pro-rector from August 2017. In her role as pro-rector, she was the rector’s elected deputy and responsible for research and PhD education at UiB. She has led several key processes and committees at UiB in recent years, including the revision of UiB’s strategic plan, the development of Policy for Young Researchers and the development of UiB’s Brussels office. As chair of the Research Ethics Committee at UiB, pro-Rector Hagen has taken the initiative for an increased focus on research ethics and dialogue on good research practice and openness associated with scientific conduct. Hagen also chairs UiB’s Research Committee, which is the university’s advisory body on research policy and research strategic issues. She is a board member of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities.
From August 2013-June 2017, she was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. She has been Head of Research at the Department of Foreign Languages and has also chaired the Gender Equality Committee at UiB.
Her research has been on the relationship between poetics, literature, and history in the 16th century in Italy. In recent years, however, she has worked with issues in the intersection between the humanities and science disciplines. She is central in the research group Literature and Science and a member of the steering group for the interdisciplinary research group Historizing the Aging Self: Literature, medicine, psychology, law.